Anyone here had a similar problem? Got an advice?
I've had acne for years, from since I was 13 to this day (mid-twenties now). Last few years I've managed to keep it under control by experimenting with my diet. I'm a very disciplined and persistent person and you wouldn't believe what kind of strict diets I tried. And this hugely helped me identify the foods that break me out.
For the last 2 years I've been on ultra low-fat diet, eating probably not more than a few grams of (any) fat/oil a day. This, along with completely cutting out dairy 3-4 years ago, really cleared up my face and back. For the last month I tried a strict diet with almost no fat: only white bread (one without vegetable oil and minimum number of ingredients/additives), boiled beans, lentils, peas. The result: my face was sooo clear.
But, every once in a while I eat something that has some fat in it and it ALWAYS breaks me out. Example
- One day I ate 2 packs of crackers, about 15 grams of fat per 100 grams. Breakout, painful pimples deep under the skin.
- Any legumes/seeds.
- Even with white bread. Few months ago I moved, and started buying groceries at a different store. I started getting 3-5 new pimples a day. I realized it was because of a different brand of white bread which had vegetable oil listed in ingredients. When I went back to the bread I was buying before, pimples were gone and I would get only 1-2 new ones per week.
- I don't eat meat, but when I do (steak, burger, every few months) it's a 100% guaranteed painful breakout.
So this isn't a matter of "good"/"bad" fats, plant based or animal based. Whenever I intake like 10 grams of fat in a day I get a few huge painful pimples deep under the skin. But most foods have some fat/oil and it's getting harder and harder to stick to my diet! I also get less serious breakouts from lots of sugar, e.g. when I drink 2 liters of any soft drink or dark beer.
Note: I'm pretty sure it isn't because my body somehow became accustomed to low fat intake, because my acne was 10x worse before when I used to eat what average person eats.
My question: Why does eating even the tiny amount of fat/oil break me out? Please help me pinpoint the cause.